Shipping and moving AQMesh
There are two main points to consider when moving or shipping AQMesh, firstly is which power option AQMesh is using. The default option is a DC power supply which can be connected to local mains power or a solar panel, however, users can opt to use a lithium battery instead. In this instance, the following procedure must apply when shipping or transporting an AQMesh pod. The second point is that all AQMesh pods require a 2 day period of stabilisation when the location is changed – see below for more information.
1) Lithium batteries MUST be removed when transported using a carrier, or classed as dangerous goods
AQMesh’s flexibility of location is due to the powerful lithium thionyl chloride battery used. This battery can power the pod for over two years but it is considered to be dangerous goods by most carriers, particularly airlines. It is very important that our guidelines are followed when forwarding or returning AQMesh pods.
It is therefore not possible to ship AQMesh pods via a normal courier service, or travel with them on any commercial flight, unless you are not including the battery at all.
If you are sending pods to a new location with their batteries they must be packaged accordingly for dangerous goods and sent with a dangerous goods carrier.
You are able to ship AQMesh pods without batteries on any normal courier service and source an alternative non-dangerous goods battery for short term use. The pods can run on a short life battery (for demonstration purposes only) which will make air travel easier when you need to transport pods. Whilst we can’t recommend an alternative battery as only our battery has been tested and approved for use in the product, for demonstration purposes you could supply your own power to the pod as long as the supply fits in the enclosure, is between 3V and 5V and can supply +60mA.
When you have relocated your pods you must ensure they go through rebasing in their new environment. This has to be set manually on the AQMesh.net by clicking on the ‘start rebasing’ option.
2) Electrochemical gas sensors require a 2-day stabilisation period when location is changed
A significant change in temperature and/or humidity can affect the performance of electrochemical sensors. This may happen during transportation between locations, in an air-conditioned vehicle for example. If at all possible, such as over short distances, AQMesh pods should be transported by foot or in an open vehicle in order to avoid delays in data availability from the essential stabilisation period.